Bill Boerner
(1958 - 2017)

Bill Boerner

October 12, 1958

February 15, 2017

William “Bill” D. Boerner

October 12, 1958 – February 15, 2017

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau, 1854

William D. Boerner, age 58, passed away unexpectedly of heart disease at home in La Crescenta on February 15. Bill was born in Pasadena, CA, and spent his youth in Glendale. He attended Verdugo Woodlands Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Junior High, and Glendale High. He graduated from Redlands High School. Bill was a brilliant individual, but never one to thrive in traditional school settings. He was self-taught through apprenticeships and personal study.

Described by others as a mechanical genius, he could take apart and fix anything. Cars and bikes were his first passion. From there, he developed an interest in tools, mechanical instruments, and neon signage. As a young man, Bill learned the surveying trade from his uncle and other mentors. He became a California licensed surveyor and started his own business, Coastal Survey. In 2005, he proudly served as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the California Land Surveyors Association. Bill appreciated working on challenging projects as well as interacting with all types of people.

Bill lived his entire life on his own terms. He did things in his unique way. Sometimes Bill’s “James Dean” aloofness was endearing; sometimes it was challenging, but he was always just plain "cool.” Bill often gave clever nicknames to people and places. (Fortunately, translations were available upon request.) Throughout his life, Bill was a loyal, faithful man. He was available to help family, friends, and neighbors in need. He was kind in a way that was soft and quiet without wanting anything in return except an occasional thank-you. During his wife Dawn’s struggle with pancreatic cancer, he rarely left her side.

Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife, Dawn; father, Ernest; Boerner and Isbell grandparents; and aunt, Beverly. Bill is survived by his immediate and extended family members including mother, Martha; sisters, Laura-Lee, Mary, and Elizabeth; niece, Jasmine; aunt, Mary; uncle, Paul; and, cousins Paula, Pam, and Susan.

According to Bill’s wishes, no formal services are planned. However, if you wish to honor Bill’s memory, feel free to make a donation in his name to the charity of your choice.

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Bill surveyed our property in 2010 so that we could construct an addition. He was a bright friendly individual who did very high quality work. He worked very quickly and made sure that we were happy with the product. I was trying to provide his information to refer him to a friend and am sad to hear that he left this world to soon. My thoughts are with the family.
Diane Hamlin (client)
April 8th, 2018
Bill worked for my Dad many many years ago when he was a young man. He was one of them most hardworking, intelligent men my Dad said he has ever known. I remember Bill as a sweet soul. He should be remembered for his flawless, professional work as a Land Surveyor and respected in death as he was in life. What a talented man. So sorry for a loss that came way to fast. From all of us at Iacobellis & Associates: Tom, Mark, Thomas, Matt Arrington, my mother Angela (who got such a kick out of Bill) and myself.
Nanette Arrington (friend)
April 28th, 2017
I will always remember Bill as the guiet, watchful, and unconventional younger brother of my best friend in high school. Farewell Billy, I hope you have found peace wherever you have landed. See you again someday.
Roberta Parigini (Friend)
April 24th, 2017
Bill was my big brother. As kids, he was the master of building tree houses. He designed a new one every year and made it out of found materials. I remember one summer he built one with many rooms and one of them was for me. I loved sleeping in that tree, swaying in the evening breeze. We spent our summer days exploring the Glendale Mountains and streets on our bikes. Everyday was an adventure with Bill.

As adults, he was the car guy. He kept my old cars running and only charged me for parts. I have always been so grateful for that. He was a man of few words, who always worked hard, even in his spare time. Like his father, he lent a helping hand to those that needed it. When he had nothing to do he would clean the whole street with his blower, rebuild his old car or truck engines or learn a new skill like blacksmithing.

After Dawn passed from cancer, I would visit him most Fridays and we would talk about everything. We became very close again, like when we were as kids. Fridays without Bill has been rough for me. I miss him so much.
Elizabeth Boerner (little sister)
March 31st, 2017
Bill will live in our hearts forever. He was a special, unique person who was dearly loved. Bill's spirit will be with us as we reflect on cherished memories.
Laura-Lee Parks (Sister)
March 30th, 2017
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